Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

A Brief Note from Dr. Burke

Hi Ram families,

As we head into this last week of school before Winter Break, there are many activities taking place on campus and across Poway Unified. ASB hosted an amazingly successful semi-formal dance on Friday and that really got us into the holiday spirit. The fun continues this week with a variety of concerts and a fun-filled spirit week. All of that culminates with a minimum day on Friday, so be prepared for a 12:40 dismissal.

On behalf of our entire team here at Twin Peaks Middle School, we hope you have a spectacular Winter Break.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and remember, it's a 2/4/6 day.


Dr. Burke

Instructional Highlight of the Week

Genetic Mutations in Flight?

This week, students in Ms. Hoffman’s 8th grade Integrated Science class applied their knowledge of genetic mutations by building and testing paper airplanes. The lesson had students working in triads. The challenge was to build an airplane that would stay airborne for an extended period of time. One student served as an engineer, designing the plane. The engineer wrote specific instructions on how to build the structure and delivered them to the other two students who were required to interpret the instructions and build the structure as designed. Talking was prohibited and no questions could be asked of the designer. Teams tested their planes in three trials, recording their results and observations. Upon returning to the classroom, roles reversed, with two students becoming the engineers and communicating to one builder. Again, three trials took place. Predictably, the structures built during phase two were much improved. Ms. Hoffman facilitated the students in debriefing their learning and connecting it back to their understanding of DNA and genetic mutations in nature. The video below offers a glimpse into what took place.

Paper Airplane Launch

Club Live Activities

Orchestra Concert

Is Your Student Missing an Item?

Please have your student check the Lost & Found this week. All items will be cleaned out during the Winter Break.

Upcoming Events

Winter Spirit Week

ASB Website

Please follow the link for upcoming events and activities:
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8th Grade Yearbook Ads

Attention 8th grade families - yearbook ads are on sale now for only $25 and the deadline has been extended! Order forms are available at the front office desk, Room 406, Room 109, or online at Please return the completed form and payment to the office by December 21st.

PHS Engineering Academy Open House

The PHS ENGINEERING ACADEMY/PATHWAY Open House is this Tuesday from 7-8pm. This is an opportunity to hear how the program is helping current students and how the Poway High School Engineering Academy/Pathway is making a difference toward their college and career goals. There will also be a presentation about updates in the Academy and an overview. There will be a question and answer period. Click here for more information.

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CYT@school is coming to TPMS

CYT@school is devoted to introducing performing arts to children, one school at a time, by providing a high-quality experience that is educational and enjoyable. Students will perform in Highlights from: Hercules. Please click here for additional information, dates, and registration information.

Parent Education Courses

Below is a list of the next three Parent Education courses starting in January 2019. You are now able to enroll and pay online at the Poway Adult School for the classes you are interested in attending! All classes are presented by Laurie Wong from the Parent Workshops. Please note that scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Please contact the Caring Connection Center for more information.